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Who Should Direct Bond 24? Take Our Poll

by Anne Thompson and Bill Desowitz
March 7, 2013 4:17 PM
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Skyfall, Bond
Oscars 2013 - Bigelow

Now that Sam Mendes has dropped out of directing "Bond 24," who should helm the follow-up to the billion-dollar "Skyfall"? The new MI6 table's been set with M (Ralph Fiennes), Q (Ben Whishaw), and Moneypenny (Naomie Harris), and with no more rites of passage or existential crises to deal with, Daniel Craig's 007 is now fully formed and reporting for duty "with pleasure." Here's a rundown of some of the likeliest and unlikeliest directors; we invite you to vote for your favorite in the poll below.

J.J. Abrams
Pros: The producer-writer-director knows how to start with character to find the heartbeat of a series.

Cons: He's got his hands full with "Star Trek" and "Star Wars"; he can't tackle every major franchise.

Kathryn Bigelow
Pros: One of the hottest and most prestigious directors around; has the action chops to handle Bond along with great visual instincts and narrative precision; could turn Craig's Bond into a more interesting blunt instrument -- obsessive, conflicted, yet still as unpredictable and as dangerous as hell. A female perspective would lend something fresh, especially in light of Judi Dench's departure as M.

Cons: Too much of an auteur to work with producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. Likes working with journalist/scriptwriter Mark Boal, who is not the right fit for this fantasy world.

Danny Boyle
Pros: Prestigious, eclectic, elegant, and would provide a new vision that's both retro and relevant.

Cons: Availability and ability to tackle the Bond machinery.

Kenneth Branagh
Pros: Experienced actor-director brings smart screen craft and character depth to even comic-book epics like "Thor." Boasts the Brit advantage; actors love him.

Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle

Cons: Availability and avid desire to go Bond.

Martin Campbell
Pros: He successfully rebooted Bond twice with Pierce Brosnan ("GoldenEye") and Craig ("Casino Royale"); he knows Bond inside and out and is comfortable with the extraordinary demands of the machinery; the fanboys love him; and Sean Connery recommended that Craig stick with him for the duration of his tenure.

Cons: He's not keen on navel gazing, which goes with the territory of making Craig's Bond the center of the story, if not the plot, and he's not a prestige director in keeping with the new direction post "Casino Royale."

David Fincher
Pros: He's as prestigious as they come and can take Bond into new dramatic and VFX-bending territory.

Cons: Too dark and idiosyncratic; also too much of an uncontrollable maverick to suit Wilson and Broccoli.

Duncan Jones
Pros: Great dramatic flair and wit; expanded his skills with stylish "Source Code"; already developing an Ian Fleming biopic.

Cons: Already developing an Ian Fleming biopic.

Christopher Nolan
Pros: He's an uber Bond fan like Mendes; he's got the action chops along with the right cerebral narrative temperament for Craig's conflicted 007; he's already paid homage to "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" in "Inception."

Cons: He's even busier than Mendes, producing "The Justice League" and is going forward with the heady sci-fi epic "Interstellar" with his brother Jonathan (who wrote it for Steven Spielberg before he dropped out). Who knows if he'd mesh with what "Skyfall" screenwriter John Logan is currently concocting?

Philip Noyce
Pros: He did a great job with Angelina Jolie in international spy thriller "Salt." He's a solid studio craftsman with impeccable skills.


  • JAB | March 10, 2013 7:12 PMReply

    Paul Greengrass is my choice to direct just about anything, but he took Bond to the next level with Bourne which the makers of "Casino Royale" wisely drew a lot of inspiration from. Bigelow & Fincher are too intense. As you said "Inception" was Nolan's excellent homage to 007.
    I like Noyce because he did excellent work in this thriller genre small & large with "Dead Calm" & "A Clear & Present Danger". Another name to think about is Ron Howard who knows how to wring suspense from an ending we already knew the outcome of ("Apollo 13").

  • Michael Medeiros | March 8, 2013 5:11 PMReply

    Frankly, I think I should. I've already directed one very low budget feature, Tiger Lily Road which is a character driven, kind of kinky, dark comedy with at least, I think, 4 gunshots and a snow storm. Who else has those credentials? Seriously? But hey, decide for yourself - watch our scene clips on youtube/tigerlilyroad. PS: I also saved the world in X-Men First Class. Really. imdb me.

  • Bobby | March 9, 2013 2:35 PM

    Are you out of your mind? A bond movie is a BIG movie. It's got mega EXPLOSIONS and lots of sexual inuendo and well, explosions and chases and shit. Actually your scene clips are kind of funny. But they're NOT BOND!

  • Brian | March 8, 2013 11:24 AMReply

    Fincher, Nolan, Noyce, and Zemeckis are all respectable and talented directors who would each bring something interesting to the material in ways that I would not expect of the other directors cited above (aside from my main choice). However, the only one who'd bring any real heart and creative fire to the enterprise (something lacking in the franchise since, oh, LICENCE TO KILL?) would be Tarantino. His Bond would make me sit up and take notice and put a smile on my face...and possibly have audiences cheering like they did when I first saw YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE in a theater 46 years ago.

  • Adam | March 7, 2013 5:39 PMReply

    Anyone would do a better job. Am I the only person alive who actually watched Skyfall?

  • Adiel Holguin | March 7, 2013 4:22 PMReply

    Wait for Sam Mendes!

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